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Sao Tomé and Príncipe: prepare for turtle immersion

This West African island nation might be tiny, but it has acres of natural and cultural appeal, as Mike Unwin discovers during his visit to a unique retreat.

Goooooooaal! It's another stunning strike from Ronaldo, arrowed into the top corner past the keeper's despairing dive. Or "Ronaldo" is, at least, what it says on the back of the shirt. But I have my suspicions: I can't see those signature golden boots – or, in fact, any footwear at all. Besides, this sandy strip of rubble and weeds is hardly the Bernabéu Stadium. (…)

THE INDEPENDENT

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Africa’s secret garden of Eden

On a little jungle-covered island you’ve never heard of lies a new resort like no other

Hands up if you know anything about Sao Tomé and Principe? Gold star if you said “second-smallest country in Africa”; two gold stars if you said “former Portuguese colony, 130 miles off the coast of Equatorial Guinea”. But don’t put down that hand if you actually plan to visit: you are going to need to build up those muscles for all the waving. Because, blimey, the locals are friendly: 10 minutes after landing, I give up lowering my wrist, and just wave from the car like a ginger, jet-lagged Queen. (…)

THE SUNDAY TIMES

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Príncipe: A Heaven on Earth

In the heat of the tropical night, after a dinner of excellent fish and too much wine, I decided to commune with the local heavens. A few feet from my beach hut, the surf was sighing softly while the rainforest brooded. Not a soul was in sight. Selecting a spot on the arc of pristine sand between sea and jungle, I lay down, arms outstretched, and contemplated the star-spangled sky. (…)

FINANCIAL TIMES

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